5) The cheese stand was run by an ex- Gunnedah Italian and was also a hit. They stocked a variety of Italian Cheeses although I cannot tell you exactly what was sold because I (very sadly) did not get a check out the stall all day. The same goes for the bruschetta stand and the gelati stand. Luckily someone bought me a little taste of the lemon sorbet and it was really quite good.
6) Pasta making and Pasta eating... gee Gunnedahians just love their pasta! The pasta stall had to restock 3 or 4 times fully throughout the whole day. Some of the local Italian ladies prepared the pasta for the spaghetti eating competition which attracted crowds of people and was a hilarious and fun touch to the day.
7) Wood-fired pizza also had people lining up... for 45-60 mins at some times. To me, this was not really acceptable. Although everyone seemed to like the pizza, if you are at a festival, the last thing you want to do is stand around waiting for an hour to get a pizza. We outsourced the pizza making and next year I think we should find someone who has the capacity to cook a large volume of food quickly because it just was not in the spirit of the festival.
In general, the day was a massive hit. Despite the weather, conservative estimates suggest 1500 people visited on the day. For a first time event, we were really happy with those numbers. Obviously, it was a huge learning curve and so there are things we will change for next year and it should all be lots easier the second time around.There is one main change i'm asking for.... Can someone replace me?! I need to go around and eat at EVERY stall, ALL day! Any volunteers? No... ok- well I will settle for a helper to bring bits of everything including wine in half hourly intervals. Hope to see you at the next Annual Porchetta Day!